Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel Hands-On

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel Hands-On

I had two choices: a) expound on the drearily arbitrary Fifty Fathoms Moonphase – that seems to have vanished from the web as far as we might be concerned thus, on a dim and melancholy day, I obviously should review it at any rate; or b) examine the  Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel, trusting that I’d like it a touch more. The common subject shared by the two is Blancpain lifting absolutely non-jump watch-explicit complications into the Fifty Fathoms line, the daddy of all plunge watches.

All pictures by David Bredan

The one with the moon stage is so awful, I feel enticed to expound on it here, however I’ll keep my uplifting outlook and rather present to you the subtleties of this cool-ish, but confounding new Bathyscaphe. Before we set off, permit me to propose a fun mind game. As you are perusing and are taking a gander at the pictures, attempt and make an informed speculation on the cost. Presently, don’t cheat, it’s just fun on the off chance that you consider where the jump watch market as of now is and in light of that, attempt and think about how well (or unwell) this steel watch is evaluated to find a way into everything. Right away, see, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel.


An unique Fifty Fathoms from around 1953.

Let’s gather something up right up: I considered the Fifty Fathoms the daddy of all jump watches and I need to explain that I comprehend that is a major case to make. To anybody with an uncertainty, I’d propose perusing our comprehensive History of Dive Watches article, where I talk about in more detail why this case stands. To put it plainly, for the time being, all I’ll say is that the 1953 Blancpain Fifty Fathoms was the first historically speaking plunge watch that contained and characterized all the functionalities and contemplations as far as plan and abilities that all jump watches that came after it were required to have. It, from numerous points of view, was an ISO 6425 jump watch… before that ISO standard was even a thing. The Bathyscaphe was dispatched as the “civilian version” of the Fifty Fathoms – thus the complete name Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe – in 1956, bringing the original’s size down to more wearable levels. Once more, for additional, kindly look at the article.

The Bathyscaphe, all things considered, is obviously an all out jump watch and despite the fact that Blancpain has delivered endless cycles of it in the course of the last number of years, this specific, new-for-2018 piece that we are seeing today does, in Blancpain’s own words, “pair unexpectedly sport with a helpful complication in another yearly calendar.” Now, for a very long time I have been puzzling over whether Blancpain has been living under a stone – or, maybe rather more fittingly, some place profound submerged – and this striking case has, I think, carried me more like an answer.

Let me bounce directly into it and say what I’ve said previously: yearly schedules and unending schedules, albeit actually amazing, are the absolute least “useful” and, I think, least engaging complications until now developed in horology. A yearly schedule is helpful an astounding four times each year with February not including into the quantity of months in a year when the yearly schedule can show what it specializes in and bounce 31st directly to the first of the next month. I get that it’s cool to realize that the watch is fit for monitoring these things… yet I think we’ll concur while it is “cool,” it isn’t nerve-destroying exciting.


Don’t misunderstand me, I can feel for Blancpain’s battle of running out of Bathyscaphe-changes, and the yearly schedule with triple signs is surely something that was rarely done – however perhaps that was which is as it should be. That is to say, on the off chance that you are such a business fellow who’s going to wear a major arse plunge observe throughout the entire year, would you say you are truly in the 0.00001% of the sort who’s been tallying the days until you could wear a jump watch and understand what day of the week it is? What’s more, do so for… $xx,xxx – I nearly revealed to you the cost there, however nah, I’ll keep up the suspense!

Clearly, a particular, lavish jumper like this isn’t such a watch that had been woefully missing a yearly schedule – or, regularly, even a date, besides. All in all, would it be a good idea for us to open our psyches and take a gander at it in another manner? Is this a tour de force, maybe? That is to say, we have seen Blancpain do some really incredible stuff, simply take a gander at this metiers d’art piece or this stupidly named L-Evolution tourbillon-merry go round … also the way that they have dispatched a dress watch with this identical yearly schedule design and that this Bathyscaphe likewise has the yearly schedule module’s not actually amazing corrector pushers. To put it plainly, there doesn’t give off an impression of being anything actually new or front line about this Bathyscaphe under its hood, so I can’t think of it as an activity that must be never really off something novel.

So, on the off chance that it isn’t in fact new and isn’t a tour de force either, at that point what is the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel? Is this expected to be eccentric cool? That is to say, sure, in each extravagance item class possible it’s a thing that a specific kind of generally perceived and unnecessarily costly model of a significant brand gets furnished in complex components or functionalities that are true to form an absolute nonconformist for it. Consider track-utilize centered SUVs, or, you know, extravagance sports watches with tourbillons and complex schedule functions.

I like to feel that I have a receptive outlook and would even call my taste more “accepting” than moderate with regards to extravagance watches, so you can envision my disarray from winding up fundamentally staying here, disclosing to myself that I ought to like this Bathyscaphe more – particularly since I do like the Bathyscaphe when all is said in done. I just can’t, notwithstanding, quit feeling that the general execution of the yearly schedule is pretty much as sluggish as the “let’s toss our yearly schedule in the Bathyscaphe!” thought itself.


For starters, the day and month signs are not so clear, which is just aggravated by the wide (and great) hands that were intended to be this huge and that, thus, wind up hindering probably a portion of the schedule signs a ton of the time. This simply shows that it’s no big surprise that such complex signs basically have a place on dressier watches where the more refined, sensitive hands don’t cover up such an extensive amount the signs such a large amount of the time. On dress watches the hands regularly are even skeletonized to limit the time they spend hindering any of these additional showcases, however that isn’t something you can or ought to do on a plunge watch.

Beyond clarity issues lies the combination of the complication into the generally speaking, much-cherished plan of the Bathyscaphe. I’m not certain if the 2-3-4 signs should be amusing or reviving – however they come across as neither to me. The rectangular gaps conflict with the slick, adjusted lists however much they do with the bend of the bezel that streams directly close to them – the three windows stand apart more than they ought to, I think.

The 6054.P type – in light of the brand’s 1150 base type – intrigues with highlights, yet not with looks. It has three days of force hold, a variable snapshot of latency balance wheel, a gold, yet passed out twisting rotor just as some perfectly executed anglage. By and large, nonetheless, I feel that the actual development is a botched chance to accomplish something that would implement the idiosyncratic/cool/fun part of this yearly schedule plunge watch. Albeit the caseback itself came up short on certain inscriptions and flaunting that the last pieces will have, the actual development is somewhat dull – and don’t anticipate that that should change for the last version.


A saving grace? I’d say the nature of execution seen looking into the issue and wristband unquestionably stays one of the solid purposes of Blancpain. Each outer component feels like a solitary square of unobtanium, they feel and look stunningly weighty and thick, and show that even taking all things together brushed a watch’s outside can look extravagant and top of the line. The wristband is additionally super in a considerably fun manner with its C-molded connections, and I’ll look over the catch not shutting with a flush, even hole (seen above) in light of the fact that this was a non-numbered model. The entire thing amounts to an extremely, weighty watch however. The case and the arm band are all steel, and that makes the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel rather weighty – as you can envision if you’ve ever worn an all-steel watch about 43mm wide and 13.50mm thick. For such a cash, regardless of whether not Blancpain’s magnificent ceramic, at least titanium ought to have been utilized, particularly since this thing is so substantial I can envision the actual weight being a major issue for some.

All on the whole, I have appreciated and, come to consider it, even begun to look all starry eyed at numerous watches that look bad as this Bathyscaphe… really, at times even less sense than this. In any case, for that to occur, the amusing/noteworthy/novel/sudden piece of said watches must be executed and coordinated in a totally heavenly manner – and I can’t make myself think that’s the case here. Moreover, regardless of whether you can’t help contradicting a portion of my appraisals about this piece, I figure we would all be able to concur on this: these things cost an excessive lot to be half-acceptable jokes or half-great performers – and a yearly schedule jumper is essentially ready to be both of these things. I infrequently concur with Audemars Piguet on anything they are up to of late, however their banality motto is truth be told valid: on the off chance that you need to defy the norms, you should first dominate them… And I’m not actually sure this Bathyscaphe shows a coming together of dominated plan elements.

Oh, and the cost for this half-great performer? Indeed, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Quantième Annuel costs 24,500 CHF on a sail material lash and a whopping 26,900 CHF on the bracelet… in steel. blancpain.com